Tallahassee Runner Makes National News

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

It takes great endurance and commitment to run in a marathon. But our area is flush with some amazing runners.

And one of them made national news a few weeks ago, just by boarding the right bus and sitting down next to the right person.

Don Dietrich lives by the old Bruce Springsteen adage...Baby I was born to run.

"I had four older brothers, I learned how to run fast."

But it wasn't until 5-6 years ago that Dietrich really got the itch to compete.

"I have friends that I grew up with who now live in other parts of the country and we said we need to find a way to get together and meet regularly. I told them I started doing these marathons and they said, lets plan one around a marathon," said Don Dietrich.

So he's traveled the country, Jacksonville, New York, Idaho, Colorado...if there's a race to run, chances are, Don Dietrich has signed up to run it. He's run five marathons, two half marathons---he put the K in 5K. He's run so many of them, he's lost count.

But just recently, Don Dietrich made national news. Not in a running magazine, but in a pro football column by one of the most well respected columnists out there---none other than Peter King. So why in the world is a man who makes a living writing about Brett Favre and Tom Brady, writing about a regulatory consultant at the Dept. of Agriculture? At a race of course.

"We just got talking and we talked about what we did, why he was running and why I was running. At the end of it, I just introduced myself. I didn't know who he was and didn't recognize him. He said, I'm Peter King--a sports writer. That's when the woman in front of me turned around and said, You're the reason I'm running this race."

King was running in the New Hampshire Half Marathon for the Wounded Warrior Project and Feed The Children. Dietrich was running as a chance to spend time with his buddies. But no matter what the reason or the cause, Dietrich became an instant hero at work--and came away with a new found appreciation for those who are impacted by each and every race he runs in.

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